Livingston County cracks down on no-show jurors

Associated Press

Howell — Livingston County plans to impose court hearings, fines and possible jail time for residents who try to skip jury duty.

The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reports that the crackdown is spurred by a recent increase in the number of no-show jurors. Local statistics indicate that about one-third of the prospective jury pool have failed to show up to court in recent months.

The court in March sent notice to 18 residents who failed to show for jury duty at least twice in the past three months. Nine of them pleaded guilty, eight requested a formal hearing in May and one failed to show as ordered.

One of the people who requested a formal hearing missed jury duty six times between April 2014 and January.